Is your child struggling with school, or showing signs of learning difficulties?
Perhaps your child:
- has difficulty remembering class instructions;
- struggles with reading and spelling;
- takes longer to learn new things;
- finds it difficult to remember what they have learnt;
- has difficulty with mathematics.
A cognitive and educational assessment is an important first step in finding out identifying “how” your child learns, as well as the specific areas of the learning difficulties.
Identifying Learning Difficulties
A cognitive and educational assessment is an extensive individual assessment which combines performance on an IQ assessment and academic achievement assessment, along with the student’s background information. Once obtained, an accurate profile of the child’s academic areas of strengths and weaknesses can be used to develop specific learning strategies and recommendations to support the student with their learning.
A cognitive and educational assessment consists of at least two types of assessments; cognitive and educational.
Cognitive testing assesses abilities such as:
- Verbal Comprehension – verbal reasoning and conceptualisation, thinking with words and expressing thoughts in words;
- Perceptual Reasoning – visual perceptual reasoning and skills in solving nonverbal problems;
- Working Memory – short-term auditory memory, attention, and concentration;
- Processing Speed – visual short-term memory and speed of mental and motor processing.
Educational tests measure academic skills such as:
- Reading – comprehension and decoding;
- Written expression;
- Mathematics – operations and reasoning;
- Listening comprehension;
- Oral expressive skills;
- Academic fluency – speed of reading, writing and calculating.
A cognitive and educational assessment assists in understanding your child’s educational needs by identifying their learning potential, academic skills and other factors that may be impacting on their academic success. A cognitive and educational assessment is also able to:
- Determine an individual’s intellectual functioning;
- Detect learning difficulties;
- Determine if they are gifted.
Which tests are used?
A number of standardised tests are used such as the Wechsler Intelligence Scales (WPPSI-III and WISC-IV) and and the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-II). Further assessments are also conducted as required, such as the Dyslexia Screener and the Children’s Memory Scale (CMS).
If you would like to find out more about how a cognitive and educational assessment could be beneficial for your child, please call 1800 877 924 or book online for an initial consultation with Angela Bromfield.
- Cognitive and Educational Assessment: $1590. This includes WISC-IV administration and analysis – $480, WIAT-II assessment and analysis – $480, each of which takes over 3 hours to administer and analyse results; CTOPP-2 administration and scoring – $150, and report – $480 (which is approximately 13 pages including child specific recommendations and takes 4-5 hours to write). Payment can be made in installments as the assessment is usually done over 2-3 sessions. Optional feedback session: $125 in clinic, or $170 to provide feedback at the school with parents and school staff.
- Cognitive Assessment: $840. This includes assessment and analysis (approx 3 hrs) – $480; and report fee – $360 (for a report consisting of approximately 10 pages including child specific recommendations, and takes 3-4 hours to write). Optional feedback session: $125 in clinic, or $170 to provide feedback at the school with parents and school staff.
Author: Angela Bromfield, B Sc (Hons Psych), B Ed (Primary), M Ed Psych.
Angela Bromfield is a registered psychologist who works primarily with children, adolescents and young adults; she has extensive training and experience in providing assessments and support for children with learning difficulties.
Angela Bromfield is currently on leave and may return end of 2019. Please call our office for other options on 1800 877 924.